By-products of Religion and a much bigger issue
The article that I choose to write about is a hate crime that happened in Kansas City which resulted in the death of a fifteen year old boy. A man deliberately hit this boy with his car and fled, but later was apprehended by law enforcement. The man who hit the boy claimed that he thought it was someone that had threatened him earlier, but there are eye witnesses saying that the man had threatened the boy days before the incident occurred. The victim was Muslim and very involved in his mosque; on Thursday, the boy led prayers and was killed later that same day. Members of the community spoke on the boy’s behalf, stating how the boy was very intelligent and loved by his peers.
It seems like within the past years more and more normal people have been acting out immorally and are using their religious beliefs as an excuse for it. Now more than ever religion has been taking out of context and not being understood with the original intentions. Historically I believe religions were created with the intention of bringing people piece of mind and spiritual fulfilment; however it seems that an increasing number of people are beginning to use religion as a means of “outranking” those with different beliefs. The attacker is affiliated with the Christian faith, which is the largest religion in the world. This goes to show that even the most well-known religions can be misinterpreted.
Unfortunately religion is beginning to be a convenient excuse for these outrageous behaviours; but I believe they real issue is within the people themselves. Religious principles and texts have been unchanged for centuries, yet these new individuals are basing their new, radical behaviours on these pre-existing principles. I believe that religion, itself, is not to blame for these tragedies; rather, misinterpretations of religious principles have caused certain individuals to sacrifice their own rational, moral, and humanitarian values. When reading the article I was very sad to hear about the boy, but also just sad that there’s still so much hate towards other religions in the United States. The man probably didn’t know the fifteen year old boy all that much, but because of the boys beliefs he was targeted. For a tragedy like this to happen in a country that prides itself to be “the land of the free” this type of event clearly demonstrates the disconnect between what should be happening and what is.